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Cast

Series cast summary:
Wendy Craig ...  Ria Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Ben Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Bruce Montague ...  Leonard Dunn 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Adam Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Andrew Hall ...  Russell Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Joyce Windsor Joyce Windsor ...  Ruby 26 episodes, 1978-1983
Michael Ripper ...  Thomas 19 episodes, 1978-1983
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Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So, when the opportunity for an affair comes up she tries to decide whether she loves her husband enough to be faithful to him. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

10 November 1978 (UK) See more »

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Perhosia See more »

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(28 episodes)

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At the beginning of the fourth and final series, Ria and Ben have been married for 23 years. See more »

Quotes

Ria Parkinson: You never were very romantic, were you.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: The Liver Birds (2008) See more »

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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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Love is like a butterfly
4 October 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Butterflies is a low key introspective comedy that was more popular with females than males.

It had a nuclear family, a wife who was a bad cook, a husband who was rather distant and reserved.

The husband is a dentist and collects butterflies in his spare time and two older sons who drive, are unemployed and are rather rebellious youths.

The comedy is bitter-sweet, you get traditional comedy via Ria's cooking and family disputes. However what was unusual was Ria's unconsummated relationship with the successful businessman Leonard.

Ria is dissatisfied and wants something more in life and believes that its obtainable with her unconventional friendship with Leonard.

The series ran for five years, Wendy Craig played Ria to a tee, Geoffrey Palmer was his hound dog best as her husband Ben.

Nicholas Lyndhurst played one of the sons and he ended up playing Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses at almost the same time.

The businessman Len was played by Bruce Montague who in effect had a difficult role and did well to make a potential Lothario so likable.


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